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NATO. Both countries take another step towards full membership”,”text”:”Today, Canada became the first country to ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s accession protocols to the NATO. The two countries thus take another step towards full member status”}}”>Today, Canada became the first country to ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s accession protocols to theNATO. The two countries thus take another step towards full membership.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said in a statement.

The other 29 member countries quickly followed suit.

Finland and Sweden are therefore taking a further step towards joining the Western bloc. But this agreement must now be ratified by the parliamentarians of each of the member countries of the alliance.

A procedure that should take several months, tempered the secretary general of the organization, Jens Stoltenberg. In a press briefing, he recalled that it had taken 12 months for the last candidate country, North Macedonia, to obtain all the necessary approvals to join the ranks of the Alliance.

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Justin Trudeau also urged his counterparts to speed up the pace and promptly ratify the agreements. in order to limit the possibility of interference from adversaries.

As a founding member of NATO, Canada continues to subscribe to NATO’s open door policy for any European country able to meet member commitments and obligations, such as protecting democracy and contributing to collective defense. of the Alliance. »

A quote from Justin Trudeau

The two traditionally neutral Nordic countries submitted their bids in mid-May, eager to find allies to deal with a possible expansionist push from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Since the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine, neighboring countries fear that the conflict will one day cross their borders.

Erdogan’s shadow

The ball is now in the parliamentarians’ court. All the capitals of the member countries must agree, since unanimity is necessary to open the doors of the Alliance to new members.

However, Turkey continues to blow hot and cold.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a NATO summit.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that Finland and Sweden are hosting “terrorists” from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Photo: Reuters/Yves Herman

At the last NATO summit in Madrid, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached an agreement with Sweden and Finland to go ahead with their candidacies, an agreement which contains certain conditions. Turkey is demanding, among other things, the extradition of Kurdish activists, whom it intends to try on its territory on terrorism charges.

However, shortly after the conclusion of this agreement, Mr. Erdogan again warned that Ankara could block the accession process if the two candidate countries did not comply with his requests.

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